Before Jesus began preaching, teaching, and healing throughout Galilee and Judea, he came to John to be baptized. The Spirit of God descended upon him and God’s voice called out, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” As Christians, baptized with the Holy Spirit, we are empowered to carry on Jesus’ mission. Let us consider how God calls us to put our faith into action. May God be well pleased.
Over the last month or so, we have heard the news of God’s most wonderful gift revealed to a larger and larger audience. First Mary was told of the role she was asked to play as the mother of God. When Joseph was planning to divorce her, he was told of how Mary came to be pregnant. When the child was born, the angels proclaimed the good news to shepherds. Last week we heard of the epiphany the magi experienced. Now, as Jesus is baptized, God speaks from the heavens to reveal the Messiah as the Son of God.
Are we open to seeing the Holy Spirit acting through unexpected people or guiding us in unexpected ways?